Sovetskii Soyuz (WarShip class)

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Sovetskii Soyuz
Production information
Manufacturer Blue Nose Clipperships[1][2]
Introduced 2742[3]
Production Year 2742[4]
Use Heavy Cruiser
Tech Base Star League
Cost 10,505,451,200 C-bills
Technical specifications
Mass 830,000 tons
Length 803 meters
Sail Diameter 1250 meters
Fuel 1,400 tons
Burn Rate 39.52
Safe Thrust 1 g
Top Thrust 1.5 g
Sail Integrity 5
KF Drive Integrity 17
LF Battery No
Armament
Armor 743 tons Bowman JK3 Improved Ferro-Aluminum
DropShip Capacity 4
Crew 243[1]
  • 42 Officers
  • 169 Enlisted
  • 32 Gunners

(Crew Types)[5]

  • 50 Pilots / Engineers
  • 50 Junior Officers / Other Crew (Non-Engineers)
  • 101 Secondary Engineers

Bay Personnel: 76

Grav Decks 2 (1 x 55 meter, 1 x 90 meter diameters)
Escape Pods/Life Boats 20/0
Heat Sinks 1,075 double (2,150)
Structural Integrity 80
BV (1.0) 80,293[6]
BV (2.0) 67,854

The Sovetskii Soyuz was one of several new designs to emerge following General Rebecca Fredasa's New Arms Order of 2735 and was notable for its large use of computer control as well as its heavy armament.

Overview[edit]

The Sovetskii Soyuz was originally classed as a heavy cruiser developed as part of an overhaul of the Star League Defense Force's naval fleet following years of neglect due to large amounts of money being spent on the automated Space Defense Systems. Mother Jocasta Cameron reversed her predecessor's focus on the SDS, as while construction had been going on, the Star League fleet had fallen behind in technology and capability when compared to newer WarShips emerging from member state shipyards.[1][2]

Four hundred ships of this class would be built before the Amaris Civil War brought about the downfall of the Star League. The vast majority were destroyed in the attempt to depose Amaris, but around 40 surviving vessels left with General Kerensky's Exodus fleet and a number continue to serve in the Clan toumans.[1] It was publicly acknowledged in the second half of the thirty-first century that ComStar maintained two Sovetskii Soyuzes in service as a part of their WarShip fleet,[7][8] and during the course of the Jihad it became apparent that the Word of Blake had recovered two Sovetskii Soyuzes of their own and restored them to service.[9]

Capabilities[edit]

For its time, the class employed an unprecedented amount of computer control of systems which reduced the personnel requirement by about 80. This system does have issues, though, requiring manual override and leaving ships vulnerable when they suffer from so-called "seizures".[2]

The vessel carried such a large armament that some SLDF officers considered the Sovetskii Soyuz a mini-Battlecruiser. Its formidable long-distance weapons array consists of 12 Class-20 Naval Autocannons, 6 Class 45 Naval Lasers, 8 Medium Naval Particle Projection Cannons, 2 White Shark and 4 Barracuda Missile Launcher batteries. The size and number of these weapons, however, required a sacrifice in Bowman JK3 armor, with the ship mounting almost 50% less armor than the smaller Black Lion battlecruiser.[1]

Star League officers worried that the class would crumple under fire as a "One-Shot Wonder" but proved adept at masking the weaknesses while playing to the Sovetskii Soyuz's strengths.[2] Despite the light armor the Sovetskii Soyuz class was able to perform well in the war to liberate Terra, using its long-range firepower to keep adversaries at a distance.[1]

Cargo[edit]

Star League[edit]

220,016 tons

  • Bay 1: 18 Fighters - 4 Doors
  • Bay 2: 8 Small Craft - 2 Doors
  • Bay 3: Cargo - 1 Door

Clan[edit]

210,522.5 tons

  • Bay 1: 20 Fighters - 4 Doors
  • Bay 2: 8 Small Craft - 2 Doors
  • Bay 3: Cargo - 1 Door

Variants[edit]

  • Clan Upgrade - As with most of their Star League produced WarShips, the Clans have performed periodic maintenance upgrades for their Black Lions which have introduced new tech, starting in 2845.[10] Among the differences between the ships used by the Clans and the Star League Navy: another DropShip docking hardpoint, an increased fighter complement from 18 to 20, upgrading the armor to Improved Ferro-Aluminum armor, adding HarJel hull sealant units, and adding a lithium-fusion battery system. All were done at the loss of some armor tonnage and cargo space to 636.5 tons and 210,522.5 tons respectively.[1]

See Also[edit]

Notes[edit]

Sovetskii Soyuz means "Soviet Union" in Russian and was a Soviet Battleship Class that never came into service.

  • In German products, the unit's proper name was translated to Sowjetski Sojus, the correct German transcription of Russian Советский Союз.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Technical Readout: 3057 Revised, pp.150-151, "Sovetskii Soyuz Profile"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Technical Readout: 2750, pp.138-140, "Sovetskii Soyuz"
  3. BattleSpace sourcebook, p. 57
  4. MUL online date for the Sovetskii Soyuz (WarShip class)
  5. BattleSpace rulebook, p. 63
  6. AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 303
  7. The Dragon Roars, pp. 26–27: "Attack Flotilla"
  8. Field Manual: Updates, p. 83: "ComStar Naval Assets"
  9. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 128: "Word of Blake Naval Assets"
  10. MUL for the Clan Sovetskii Soyuz (WarShip class)

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